Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1773 February 22


abstractWheelock informs Thornton of Occom's activities, including that Occom has had a sermon, preached at the execution of an Indian, printed. He also notes that he has drawn more money on Thornton, and mentions his petitions to the King for more land.

handwritingAside from the trailer, the letter is not in Wheelock's hand; the informal handwriting appears to be that of Solomon Williams.

paperSingle sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyThis document is almost certainly a copy. When Wheelock refers to "this school," he is likely referring, for the benefit of Thornton, to Moor's Indian Charity School and not Dartmouth College.

  Hond ſir. 
I need not deſire you to uſe the encloſed from  M.r Deming for the furtherance of the Redeemers Cauſe on  the Islands if you have an opportunity for it.
M.r Occom I hear behaves to good & great Acceptance of  among good people — (his Litters to me are in quite another  strain & of Another savor than heretofore) — he has lately  printed a Sermon preached to a very numerous Audience at  the Execution of an Indian. One of which I would ſend  you if I could — perhaps he or Some other Friend may  have Served you with one of them.
I think my Affairs here are under the Smiles of Heaven  and they will be So if we keep up a good account with God.
I have had occaſion of drawing on you for more money  than I was aware beforehand I should have occaſion for  but have drawn for no more than has been abſolutely  neceſsary for providing stores for Food, aparel, Lodging, ^instructors^ &c &c  for Miſsioners, & students Engliſh & Indian. HEncloſed is y.e acco.t of  the Bills I have drawn since [illegible]Oct.r laſt —  (I have herewith Tranſmitted M.r Maccluers long Letters to the  Honle Truſt, which y.o will doubtleſs see.)
I have also pr[illegible][guess: o]ferred Sent Some weeks ago [illegible]two Petitions to  his Majeſty through the Hands of Lord Dartmouth for two  Tracts of Land in the Province of New York, free of quit Rent  containing 25,000 acres each the one for the use of this  school the other to be apply’d fore the incouragement of  Miſs[illegible][guess: rs] & Support of their widows & Education of their  Children &c
And I wiſh my Hond Sir you could be inſtrumental to get  All the Lands given to this School and the officers of it  diſcharged from the Burden of Quit Rent, and from the obligatn  com̅on to other Lands to Settle them within such a Term on penalty  of 
of Forfiture —
I am with much Duty and Affection  Your Moſt Obed.t & very  Humle Serv.t [illegible]  Eleaz.r Wheelock 
To John Thornton Esqr  Feby 22. 1773.